Posted on 27 July 2017
On Thursday 27th July at the National Portrait Gallery, Gay Times launched the Gay Times Honours, which is a bold new initiative to honour those who have had a tremendous impact on what it means for LGBT+ people to live openly and freely in modern Britain.
2017 sees the LGBT+ community in the UK celebrate 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.
Barbara Burford, after whom this award is named, was born in Jamaica and moved to London at the age of seven. After studying medicine, she championed equality through initiatives with the NHS and was central to several breakthroughs in heart and lung transplant surgery for infants and children. Barbara was active in feminist politics and was the Director of Equality & Diversity at the Department of Health from 1999 onwards. Her poems, short stories and plays are now a staple for studying in schools across the country.
David said: “It is a genuine honour to be nominated for this award, and really fantastic to see Gay Times recognising areas such as STEM, which have historically suffered from a lack of all types of diverse role models.”
During the launch of these awards at the National Portrait Gallery, Gay Times magazine hosted a panel discussion to examine the progress made over the past 50 years and the hurdles still facing the LGBT+ community.
The final award winners will be announced at an event on Saturday 18th November.